When the tightened restrictions were still in place, many of us were complaining about them, wondering if they were necessary.
But we can now see that they’ve had a tremendous effect on our case numbers, with yesterday’s caseload being the lowest in more than two months.
1,275 New COVID-19 Cases
1,275 new COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday (25 Nov), a decrease of 804 from the previous day’s tally.
The cases comprise 1,228 infections in the community, 31 in migrant worker dormitories, and 16 imported infections.
Among the local cases are 167 seniors above 60.
3 COVID-19 Fatalities
Three more COVID-19 cases succumbed to the virus, bringing our death toll to 681.
This is the lowest number of deaths reported in a day since 7 Oct.
Aged between 69 and 74, all of them had various underlying medical conditions.
MOH Closely Monitoring 3 Large Clusters
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is closely monitoring three large clusters with new cases, the largest of which is at ECON Healthcare Nursing Home, with 36 infections. All but one of the cases are residents.
One case was also added to the cluster at Pacific Healthcare Nursing Home in Lengkok Bahru, bringing its total to 33. 32 residents and one staff member have been infected there.
The Society for the Aged Sick cluster swelled to 27 after two more cases were added to it. 24 residents and three staff members have been infected there.
1,251 COVID-19 Cases in Hospital; 86 in ICU
At the moment, there are 1,251 COVID-19 cases warded in hospitals, most of whom are well and under observation.
206 serious cases require oxygen supplementation and 86 are in the intensive care unit, comprising 31 cases who are unstable and under close monitoring, and 55 who are critically ill and intubated.
Our ICU utilisation rate is currently at 56.8%, a slight increase from Wednesday’s 56.1%.
Over the past seven days, the number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated cases who have been critically ill in the ICU are at 0.5 and 4.6 per 100,000 population respectively.
The same figures for seniors aged 60 and above are 1.6 and 42.5 respectively.
Over the same period, the number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated cases who died are 0.02 and 0.6 per 100,000 population respectively.
The same figures for seniors aged 60 and above are 0.1 and 6.1 respectively.
Currently, 85% of our population has been fully vaccinated and 86% have received at least one dose. 24% have received their booster shots.
Weekly Infection Growth Rate Drops to 0.72
As a result of the declining case numbers, our weekly infection growth rate went down to 0.72 from Wednesday’s 0.75.
This refers to the ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before.
Yesterday was the 13th day in a row that it has stayed below 1.0.
Long may it continue.
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